Rachel Maddow: Koch Brothers 'Pop Up In Every Scummy Political Scandal'
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Audio of phone call between Scott Walker and blogger Ian Murphy impersonating David Koch
Walker: The other thing is more long-term and that is after this, um, you know, the coming days and weeks and months ahead, particularly in some of these more swing areas, a lot of these guys are gonna need, they don't necessarily need ads for them, but they're going to need a message out reinforcing why this was a good thing to do for the economy and a good thing to do for the state, so the extent that message is out over and over again, that's obviously, that's obviously a good thing.
Maddow: Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker suggesting to the fake David Koch that the real David Koch should get out the message for Republicans, raising the idea of a little Koch-funded independent expenditure to support the state’s Republican senators, particularly in swing districts. You know, that’s the thing though about independent expenditures; if a politician suggests them, they are no longer independent. Wisconsin Democrats say Mr. Walker was not only illegally coordinating campaign expenditures in that moment, he was soliciting David Koch’s financial help from the governor’s office inside the state capitol. You are not supposed to solicit campaign contributions from your public office.
You know, talking about the Koch brothers in 2011 is starting to feel a little like talking about Karl Rove in 2004. If you care about progressive politics or even just fair play in 2011, you really can’t get away from the Koch brothers. They’re becoming way too ubiquitous. Their names pop up in every scummy political scandal, one after another, from the Wisconsin union busting and the phony astroturf bus tours, to the questionable partiality of America’s Supreme Court justices. Feels like every time a really gross new political scandal erupts, big or small, there’s the Koch brother with the chair pulled up to the table. I do not want it to be true, I am sick of these guys already, but every time you turn over a political rock, there they are.
Another example: The new consumer products safety commission database that was scheduled to go online this week: it is a no-brainer. It is an online searchable database the public can use to find out about safety concerns for household products. Like I said, sort of a no-brainer, it passed the House of Representatives unanimously in 2007. It passed the Senate by a mile. The legislation creating it was signed into law by George W. Bush to precisely zero controversy, because dear lord, who is going to object to consumer product safety information being put online?
This guy will! (Showing Mike Pompeo campaign ad, with "Vote American" slogan.) The Vote American slogan here has to do with the fact that Mike Pompeo was running against an Indian American opponent in the last election. Vote American. Even though the other guy is American too, otherwise he wouldn’t be able to run, but you know what I mean. Mike Pompeo was elected thanks in large part to his largest campaign contributors, the Koch brothers and their PAC.
Koch Industries is based in Mr. Pompeo’s district in Wichita. After the Koch brothers spent many many thousands of dollars lobbying on the issue of that dastardly consumer products safety database, suddenly America found one congressman who was willing to try to kill it: Mike Pompeo, Republican of Koch Brothers -- I mean Kansas. Mr. Pompeo has tried to spike this database. The Kansas City Star reported that it looks like he will fail in those efforts, but I’m sure the men upstairs appreciate his efforts anyway.